He Had It Coming

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JAM THE REVIEW, in exhilaration.

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JAM for Joy, the group in full excitement.

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In full affect, Kelsy Lang (forefront) and NaTasha Harris, in performance

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Corisa Myers in song.

 

As a man, to watch  women of different professions, explain why they murdered their lovers, and say it with joy, was not thrilling. (Cell Block Tango, 1975, the musical).

The mantra was, “HE HAD IT COMING!”. “O.K!” shouted a female sitting next to me. That o.k. has become the new way women approve whatever is happening, almost similar to “whateverr..!”. Get it?

I’m in Prince Georges County, Maryland, in a small community called, Mount Rainier, watching a performing arts group entitled JAM, THE REVIEW, staged at Joe’s Emporium. What’s significant about this, it’s one of the few places in the entire state where all races  can form an integrated group to demonstrate their talents.

For two hours anyone can watch as I did, untrained singers, dancers, actors put together a program of entertainment, that is better than staying at home to watch a television show with actors not from the neighborhood. Better than playing a video game, or spending time in a bar or casino.

I was treated to singing, dancing, and acting, and had to applaud the effort for presentation, including the timing between parts. There is a star in Shawnees Jones, and I hope she is discovered very soon. JAM’s upcoming Christmas show, should be on your things to see, for 2016.

This time, HE HAD IT COMING, and “O.K!” would probably have Joy, and a white Christmas.

Othello, Man or Manipulated

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Desdemona, (Diane Curley); Iago, (Jose Guzman); Emilia (Briana Manente) in the Baltimore production of Othello. Picture by Teresa Castracane.

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Joseph B. McIntosh, (OTHELLO) Picture by Teresa Castracane

It was midnight, when the general came home to his beautiful Desdemona. Asleep in bed, a picture of peace and serenity. He was filled with hate, for he was told she had sex with one of his lieutenants. At six feet tall and two hundred plus pounds, hands big enough to palm a basketball, he did not need his sword. With his bare hands he choked her to death, while she pleaded for her life.

General OTHELLO is black. When Shakespeare wrote this play what was his thinking? What was happening 400 years ago? There was war between the Turks and the Cypriots; it seems the Cypriots with the British, were not going to allow the Muslims (Turks) to gain victory, and with this gallant fighter, Othello, an African (Moor), Cyprus could remain undefeated.

History shows African men were beloved by white women, especially for their sexual prowess; this accelerated the wrath of white men. It still happens today, at all levels of our society, and Baltimore is no exception.

However, OTHELLO shows how vulnerable and temperamental, the Black man could be. Like Sampson of the Bible, sex and jealousy, can be his downfall, (O. J. Simpson?)

Shakespeare brings out the cunning of men who are of European descent, when a non European is in position of prominence. Look what is happening in the U.K. and of course here at home in the USA, with Congress and Barack Obama, not to mention the upcoming polarized General Election, “no not a third term of Obama!”

OTHELLO begun its run at the Chesapeake Shakespeare theater, today September 16th, 2016, in Baltimore MD. This interpretation can awaken much in all races. I even saw Hitler in Jose Guzman ((Iago), “I hate the Moor (black)” aka. Jessie Owens?

Shakespeare may not care too much about black life as if they mattered, so he disposes OTHELLO, by having him say, “I am an honorable murderer”.

The modern day Othello, is he “the man”, or “the  manipulated”? See it, then answer the question.

 

 

Nine Million in Two Years

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Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings Blake and Horseshoe Staff, celebrating two years in Baltimore Md.

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Erin Chamberlain, Sr. VP, Horseshoe Casino

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Mayor Rawlings Blake, taking questions from the media about Horseshoe Casino, in Baltimore Md.

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Michael Sanders of Universal Transportation, Baltimore Md. A minority Horseshoe Vendor.

 Baltimore’s newest casino, THE HORSESHOE, has seen that many people in its two years of operation. If each person spent on average 50 dollars, the revenue collected by Horseshoe amounts to 450 million dollars.

How much of this was returned to the city? Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake is pleased. The casino now employs 1500 people from Baltimore. “Pigtown” (our inner city integrated neighborhood), now has a Police substation. 800 trees were planted, and 292 “young people” had jobs during the summer.

WESTPORT, is yet awaiting the new bridge, but got instead an EMS crew. Cherry Hill’s glee is: fiber optic cable.

Baltimore was once a major manufacturing town; now our college graduates are getting business degrees to work in casinos. Until people of color realize that they must manufacture something to gain leverage, they will forever be the hired hand; but instead the fired hand. “You’re fired!”… sounds familiar?

Baltimore is filled with millionaires of all pigmentations, who are not investing in its city core. Why is there violence? The core is bombarded with images of success via the media, and want the same, but cannot get there with jobs available to pay rent, food, clothing, car note, cable, gas and electric, transportation and, of course entertainment.  So, many turn to the “pharmaceutical” trade, thus came the turf wars, the shootings, the murders.

Politicians are improving themselves, and not the core. The State has endorsed gambling with the lottery, casino gambling, and college education is a lifetime debt; the core sees their way of upward mobility using underground methods.

So when politicians and the so called men and women of faith make these endorsements, where the crumbs go to the core, the turf war expands, and I am not talking golf.